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Eric Bledsoe grabbed 10 rebounds against the Celtics on Friday during his first start since a knee injury back in January, adding 17 points, four assists and one steal in 29 minutes.
It was fairly obvious he was going to start tonight after starting the second half of Wednesday's game in his return to the lineup. Bledsoe seems like he's just about "back" as far as style of play goes, but his shot isn't falling yet. He's an absolute must-start player in any league. Additionally, there are not many players as fun to watch as the 24-year-old guard.
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Eric Bledsoe will start at shooting guard in Friday's game against the Celtics.
The reeling Suns aren't going to waste any time coddling Bledsoe as they've sunk two games behind the Mavs for the final playoff spot in the West. In his second game back off his knee injury, he'll re-take his starting gig and is an excellent bet for 32-34 minutes. The Suns are projected to start Goran Dragic, Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Channing Frye and Miles Plumlee. It's awful news for Gerald Green owners, as his upside is now capped while part of the second unit.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee) said that he felt "normal soreness" after playing 32 minutes on Wednesday, and the Suns may start him at SG for Friday's game in Boston.
Eric Bledsoe (knee) said that he felt "normal soreness" after playing 32 minutes on Wednesday, and the Suns may start him at SG for Friday's game in Boston. The Suns have gotten off to slow starts in many games recently, and coach Jeff Hornacek said that shifting Bledsoe into the starting five is currently "up for debate." Gerald Green fouled out of Tuesday's game with just eight points in 31 minutes and he'd be the guy heading to the bench, but Green has been productive enough to keep active while we watch how Hornacek's rotations develop.
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Eric Bledsoe returned to action after a 33-game absence in Wednesday's loss to the Cavs, scoring 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
As expected Bledsoe was able to come in and produce right away and he should be in all lineups going forward.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee) will return on Wednesday as expected, coming off the bench behind Goran Dragic and Gerald Green.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek has left open the possibility that Bledsoe will retake the starting SG job from Green at some point, but initially the Suns will ease him back into action off the bench. Bledsoe's engine is stuck in hyper-drive and he can put up nice numbers in limited minutes, so patient fantasy owners might as well plug him into active lineups.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee) will not play against his former Clipper team on Monday, but is still expected to return to action on Wednesday against the Cavs.
Monday was always a cherry on top for owners starting Bledsoe in the Suns' four-game week, and on Wednesday he'll come off the bench but is still a compelling option for owners still pondering a decision whether or not to activate him. We'd have a hard time not plugging him into lineups even with the rust factor at play.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee) is targeting a return on Wednesday but "the window is open" for Monday's game if he feels good enough to play.
Bledsoe has been practicing and scrimmaging full-court since March 1, and the Suns' vaunted medical staff seems content with him playing as soon as he feels ready. He'll come off the bench initially but coach Jeff Hornacek said that Bledsoe could eventually retake the starting SG job. "I guess we'll play that one by ear," said Hornacek.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) said that he will likely return to action vs. the visiting Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Bledsoe has been practicing and scrimmaging 5-on-5, but hasn't felt ready to play yet due to a lack of conditioning and routine soreness. He'll miss two more games, on Sunday and Monday, but patient owners can at least circle a date on the calendar. Gerald Green's production will take a hit with Bledsoe returning, and Goran Dragic's numbers may also dip, but fantasy owners are aided by a solid rest-of-season schedule featuring three four-game weeks and zero two-game duds.
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Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) will likely come off the bench upon his return to the Suns.
Bledsoe's will reportedly return within the next week, but it sounds like he won't be inserted into the starting lineup right away. "You don't know how they'll come back," Suns' coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he's there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games." Bledsoe's owners may not get full production out of him for a game or two upon his return, but it shouldn't take long for him to displace Gerald Green from the Suns' starting lineup once he gets his sea legs under him.
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Eric Bledsoe has a three-game window to return between Sunday and Wednesday, according to the Arizona Republic.
The Suns play the Warriors on Sunday, the Clippers on Monday and the Cavs on Wednesday. Sunday's game is believed to be the least likely for Bledsoe because the Suns play on a road back-to-back. He's been going through 5-on-5 workouts since Saturday and the word on the street is he's looked great. He shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires and owners in weekly leagues can start planning on plugging him into their lineups next week. Gerald Green will take a hit upon Bledsoe's return.